ASNT Short Courses are instructor-led courses conducted in person. They feature various topics addressing relevant technologies, NDT/NDE, and management techniques. The courses are designed to be interactive and are application-oriented to provide job relevance. The instructors are content experts with industry experience and on-the-job experience. ASNT Short Courses are approved for ASNT NDT Level II and Level III, IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and Professional Development Hours (PDHs). 

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Short Course A 

Care, know, live - Creating and Delivering Effective Technical Presentations

Instructor: Phil Trach, Laboratory Testing, Inc.

31 October 2022
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(In Person Only)

About the Course:

NDT practitioners are often able to present technical information in a corporate or professional environment.  Whether explaining how to use a test system to a new hire, a formal meeting to discuss investment in new equipment or presenting new research at technical conferences, anyone in NDT is likely to be in front of an audience multiple times in their careers.  Anyone, from the newest employee to a seasoned professional who has given dozens of presentations, can learn something from this course. This course is especially intended for people with little Experience and much apprehension regarding public speaking.

This course will use a variety of techniques for instruction.  Short individual lectures - which themselves will be examples of presentation techniques - will be interspersed with multiple exercises where each student will compose, deliver, and evaluate very short practice presentations in the friendly environment of other NDT professionals.

Phil Trach is an ASNT NDT Level III in ultrasonic testing at Laboratory Testing Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and has worked in other technical positions at two forging companies and two international manufacturers. He has made numerous presentations on a range of topics at ASNT conferences, written one feature article in Materials Evaluation, taught the short course on ethics that ASNT offered at the 2020 and 2021 Annual Conferences, and is currently the vice chair of ASNT’s Professional Program Committee.

Short Course B 

Auditing NDT, 50 years of Experience

Instructor: Don Locke, President Hellier / CodeWest / WorldSpec

31 October 2022
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(In Person Only)

About the Course: Auditing is the central topic of this 4-hour course. We often use less-threatening terms like questionnaires or surveys. Many times, these are in-person events but not always. In most cases, I was either leading or part of the audit team. You know, planning or organizing and creating a good checklist is essential. This short course will remind you of critical audit requirements and some best practices to make NDT auditing successful. Audits can be outstanding opportunities to learn and determine important risk management information. Don't expect perfection but strive for it with a professional auditing plan. NDT auditors need to be educated in both auditing and NDT requirements. This course is for the new auditor or NDT level III seeking to grow.

Don Locke: Don is an NDT technician, trainer, supervisor, superintendent, manager, auditor, instructor, examiner, general manager, and president.  1972–2022, 50 years in the NDI/NDT world with no retirement plans. Currently the president of Hellier NDT, CodeWest API and WorldSpec online NDT companies.  Professional speaker on leadership, ethics, and NDT auditing.

Short Course C 

NDT Fixture Design Additive Manufacturing

Instructor: Robert Woodward, Spearhead-Labs

03 November 2022
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

(In Person Only)

About the Course: This course will cover the electronic design of NDT fixtures using free 3D modeling software. It will cover basic plans and instructions for printing and modifying 3D models and is for anyone interested in building their in-house prototypes. Participants will gain knowledge of free and for-charge 3D modeling software, develop a plan for the purchase and implementation of 3D printing software and understand and access 3rd party 3D printing resources and capabilities.

Robert Woodward has more than 25 years of experience working with various NDT methods in the Aerospace, Nuclear, and Power Generation business sectors. More recently, he has been involved in furthering the emerging microwave inspection techniques in research and field applications. His work on these techniques comes primarily through software development and process automation. Robert resides in West Chester, Ohio, with his wife and four children.    

Short Course D 

Introduction to Digital Radiography

Instructor: George Hodges, Hodges NDT, LLC

03 November 2022

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

(In Person Only)

About the Course:

The course will contain content on Basic Digital Radiography (DR) Theory, Computed Radiography (CR), and Digital Detector Array (DDA) equipment and techniques, and a brief introduction on the industry standards that apply to the method.   Attendees are invited to participate in open discussions of the subject matter throughout the training program sharing their questions and personal Experience with the rest of the class. A list of publications for the additional study will be provided for those looking to continue their understanding of technology.

George Hodges is a radiographic testing subject matter expert ( SME) and ASNT NDT Level III for Hodges NDT LLC, where he has provided radiography consulting services for companies since January 2018. Before retiring in December 2017, he was a test engineer with the US Army's Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with 30 years of experience in engineering and NDT. During his tenure with the Army, Mr. Hodges earned the position of Government Responsible Level III in RT and designation as a US Army Subject Matter Expert in RT, CR, DR, CT, and Flash X-ray, along with other engineering responsibilities for ordnance, aerospace, and military hardware.

About the courses:

  • Short Courses are sold separately.
  • Each course is 4 hours.
  • The instructor will give a knowledge test to each attendee at the end of the course.


  • To attend you must register on or before October 24th.
  • After October 24th you will need to contact ASNT Staff.
  • Qualification: The course is designed for Level II and/or Level IIIs. A certification is not required to attend the course.
  • Must attend in-person.
  • You will receive a certificate upon completion.
  • Each course is 0.4 contact hours.
  • For ASNT recertification you will receive B points.

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